Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Flash Mid-Summer Giveaway: Win an ARC of Wilder Girls by Rory Power!

Somehow, it seems I've ended up with an extra ARC of Wilder Girls by Rory Power (?), and since it was such an anticipated release this year I thought a giveaway would be a great way to send it out to someone else who wants to read it! I reviewed Wilder Girls earlier this month and had a really great time reading this book--it's dark, unpredictable, and more than a little creepy. Wilder Girls was published last Tuesday, July 9th, so although I make no requirements to enter this giveaway other than filling out the Rafflecopter form below, I do ask that if you win this book you try leave some sort of review (even if it's just a sentence) for it somewhere once you've read it. :)

To enter, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Full rules can be found below the giveaway.

Good luck!
Giveaway ends Tuesday, August 6th
US only (sorry!)

**This giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with the publisher. I simply have an extra ARC and want to give it away!
Giveaway rules:1. This is a US only giveaway. Unfortunately, I do not have the means to provide shipping for international entries. I apologize for this and am aware how frustrating it can be; I hope to work out an international giveaway soon.2. The giveaway is for one advanced review copy of Wilder Girls. I have no affiliation with/for Rory Power or Delacorte Press.3. Winners will be notified via email and will have 72 hours to respond. If I hear no response, I will have to move on to the next selected winner.4. You must be 13+ or have your parent's permission if under 18.5. Your personal information (email, address, etc.) will never be shared and I will only be using it for mailing out the prize.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Giveaway: The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

I am excited to share with you all the chance to win a paperback copy of Margaret George's incredible book The Confessions of Young Nero! I reviewed this book on the blog last year when it came out and because of that Berkley Publishing was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to give away one copy of the new paperback edition. Find out more about the book below as well as how to enter!

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
Paperback, 544 pages
Berkley Publishing
Release Date: March 20th, 2018
ISBN: 97804514733394

"New York Times bestselling author Margaret George has brought history to vivid life with her critically-acclaimed biographical novels of historical figures including Helen of Troy, Mary Magdalene, Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scots, and Henry VIII. Now, she casts her eye to the last member of Julius Caesar’s dynasty, to remold and humanize the boy of whom history has made a caricature. Emperor Nero, who ascended to Rome’s ultimate seat of power at sixteen, is enshrined in popular memory as a hedonist, a tyrant, and cunning executioner. But the truth behind the caricature reveals a boy, an artist, an athlete, and a ruler who was both a product of his time and his mother Agrippina’s relentless ambition.

THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO (Berkley Paperback Reprint; March 20, 2018; $18) is written, like Robert Graves’s I, Claudius, in the form of an autobiography. It reveals with luminescent detail Nero’s complex talents and successes, his childhood, his rise to power, and his instinct for self-preservation which first took root on the moonlit night his insane uncle, the Emperor Caligula, tried to drown him.

Nero’s life—riddled with murders, rivalries, plots, orgies, and incest—is sensational on its own. But for George, THE CONFESSIONS OFYOUNG NERO is not just an opportunity to tell his story. It is an attempt to rehabilitate his image, and to expose the truth and complexities about both a man—and a time period—that has been much mythologized. George spent five years researching the novel, but her idea of resettingNero’s villainous reputation has been building for more than thirty.

When he is just a small child, Nero’s mother, Agrippina, is released from exile by her elderly uncle—the newly crowned Emperor Claudius. Agrippina quickly plucks Nero from his modest upbringing, and embarks on a ruthless pruning of the family tree to ensure what she believes is her son’s rightful place in the Palace. Her naked ambition, cunning, and well-placed doses of poison help the obstacles fall one by one, until a teenage boy is given control of an Empire. Both tempted and terrified to assume his reign, Nero’s indoctrination into the incest, violence, luxury, and intrigue that have gripped Rome’s seat of power for generations will shape him into the man he was fated to become. 

George covers the unfolding of Nero’s life and legacy, including his forced marriage to his cousin Octavia at fifteen; his passion for a beautiful ex-slave and other love affairs; the influence of the great philosopher Seneca on his reign; and his attentiveness to his political duties, including the improvement of Rome’s courts and public amenities. George uses Nero’s expansion of theatres, athletic games, chariot races, and musical performances as a window into the powerful artistic and athletic impulses that governed him, and which made him a champion of the common man—the men among whom he’d begun his life as “Lucius,” until fate made him forever “Nero.”

Like Mary Beard’s revisionist history of ancient Rome, SPQRNERO both challenges our assumptions of that time period and taps into readers’ fascination with the Empire. Readers of Philippa Gregory will adore and find much to discover in George’s latest novel.

The author will continue Nero’s story in a second book this fall, THE SPLENDOR BEFORE THE DARK, which picks up during the ill-fated, final four years of his young life, as he faces his biggest test and challenge: the Great Fire of Rome."

About the author:
Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth I, Helen of Troy, Mary, Called Magdalene, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles. She also has written a children’s book, Lucille Lost.
You can find out more about Margaret George and her work at her website:

**This is a US only giveaway, per Berkley Publishing's request. 
Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond with their complete mailing address. This mailing address will be forwarded to Berkley Publishing, who will be sending you the book; your address will not be used for any other purposes.
If you do not respond within 48 hours, I will have to select another winner. 
Good luck!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

End of Year Survey Pt. II + A New Year's GIVEAWAY!

I have finally completed (or rather, fixed) the second part of my End of Year Survey, which consists of looking ahead to this year! I have also decided to host a giveaway to kick off the year, so keep reading to find out more about that below! Part I of this survey can be found here.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? 
Way, way too many. I really meant to get around to reading my ARC of Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence in December, but since I didn't I'm really hoping to get to it within the next week or so.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? 
Probably the final Nevernight Chronicles installment! Also, Tamora Pierce’s new novel, Tempests and Slaughter, is high on my most anticipated list.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 
Again-so many! I'm really looking forward to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan, and... well, a lot more.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? 
This is the hard one! The final Nevernight installment, The Tower of Living and Dying (The Court of Broken Knives, #2) by Anna Smith Spark, Darksoul (Godblind #2) by Anna Stephens, Blood of the Gods by David Mealing, and Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? 
Personally, I would love to host more giveaways, get involved with more blogging events, and just improve my blog overall. I'm looking to eventually redo my entire layout/etc., but that will probably take some time (and money!) so it might not happen right away. I want to focus more on making this blog an exciting place to come for book-related content and continue improving my connections with bloggers and those in the book world. Of course, this is all assuming that life doesn't get in the way and I have the time and ability to do all of these things. ;) The most important thing I want to do, however, is to have fun!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): 
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones!

Pre-order any of the books mentioned:
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence: Book Depository | Amazon
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce: Book Depository | Amazon
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: Book Depository | Amazon
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan: Book Depository | Amazon
The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark: Book Depository | Amazon
Darksoul by Anna Stephens: Book Depository | Amazon
Blood of the Gods by David Mealing: Book Depository | Amazon
Obisidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman: Book Depository | Amazon
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones: Book Depository | Amazon

I knew that I wanted to do a giveaway this month, but I had no idea just what to do. What genre would people most enjoy? What subject would be most interesting? Suffice to say, the decision was becoming a difficult one. In the end, I was able to pick up a copy of the stunning new paperback edition of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone! Even if I didn't love Leigh Bardugo already, this edition is truly gorgeous and I wanted to share the beauty with all of you!

About the book:
"Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy."

**Unfortunately, this is a US ONLY giveaway. I do not currently have the means to do an international giveaway, but one of my goals this year is to be able to host some sort of international giveaway, so stay tuned for that if you are not in the US!
I'm not good at taking pretty photos--I'm hoping the book
speaks for itself!

Please be sure to read the full giveaway rules and terms, which can be found here
*This giveaway is not sponsored or affiliated with Leigh Bardugo or Square Fish.

Good luck! This giveaway ends January 31st!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Extreme Measures by Jessica Nutik Zitter: Review + Giveaway!

Extreme Measures by Jessica Nutik Zitter. Avery Publishing Group, 2017. Hardcover. 352 pages

The topics of death and end of life aren't exactly the most popular of dinnertime discussions. In Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter's book, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, Zitter discusses these topics in length, both enlightening and sharing various scenarios in which these topics should be discussed.

This book opened up my mind to the field of pallative care, which consists of the main goal of improving the quality of life of patients and their families when facing life-threatening, often emotionally challenging situations. Zitter did a remarkable job this medical field, as well as exemplifying the challenges associated with it. For instance, both patients, families, and doctors alike seem to get caught up with "doing everything they can" to save a person who is dying, not realizing that what they are doing may not actually change the outcome of their life expectancy, but it will affect their quality of life.

Zitter is a passionate advocate for pallative care, and this makes for an incredibly eye-opening book. It's not an easy thing to realize that although a person may be able to be physically alive because of breathing machines and other medical devices, it doesn't mean that they will ever make a full recovery or even be able to live a life without being plugged into machines.

Extreme Measures is littered with informative, engaging anecdotes of the many different experiences Dr. Zitter has faced throughout her career surrounding those struggling with life-threatening illnesses. I found her to be an empathetic, powerful, and inspiring narrator. Not all of her stories have a positive ending -- in fact, most of the things in this book are somewhat depressing, but it is written in such a way that I was not left feeling depressed, but instead feeling thoughtful and wanting to consider such situations I have not previously considered.

I have personally experienced the deaths of quite a few close friends and family in my life, so this topic has popped up a fair bit, making me realize the importance of it. I don't mind having these discussions, but a lot of people do, and that's exactly why I think everyone should read Extreme Measures.

I also would like to add the Zitter provides a vast array of resources regarding Advanced Directives and similar material at the end of the book, which I found extremely helpful to have available. Overall, I was extremely impressed with this book, and I am giving it five stars!

Photo of Jessica Nutik Zitter, MDJessica Nutik Zitter, M.D., MPH, is an expert on the medical experience of death and dying. She attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve Medical School, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Zitter is double-boarded in the two specialties of pulmonary/critical care medicine and palliative care medicine—a rare combination. She writes for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and Journal of Palliative Medicine, and is featured in Extremis, an Oscar-nominated documentary about end-of-life decision-making in an ICU. 
Author bio from: Penguin Books

Now, on to the giveaway! One winner will receive a completed copy of the book, courtesy of Penguin Random House.

**Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.**
Winners will be notified by email, so be sure to check!
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Prize provided by Avery Publishing Group.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Book Tour Spotlight: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
 ISBN 9781492637257

I am thrilled to be a part of the book tour for Marie Benedict's The Other Einstein, which follows the story of Albert Einstein's incredible wife, Mileva Maric. Below you will find a summary with helpful links, information about the author, Marie Benedict,  an excerpt from the book, an abundance of praise, and finally - a giveaway! You can also find my review here

A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.

What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Maric_, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.

But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever. A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.

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About the author:
Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in history and art history and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
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Chapter 1
October 20, 1896
Zürich, Switzerland

smoothed the wrinkles on my freshly pressed white blouse, flattened the bow encircling my collar, and tucked back a stray hair into my tightly wound chignon. The humid walk through the foggy Zürich streets to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic campus played with my careful grooming. The stubborn refusal of my heavy, dark hair to stay fixed in place frustrated me. I wanted every detail of the day to be perfect.

Squaring my shoulders and willing myself to be just a little taller than my regrettably tiny frame, I placed my hand on the heavy brass handle to the classroom. Etched with a Greek key design worn down from the grip of generations of students, the knob dwarfed my small, almost childlike hand. I paused. Turn the knob and push the door open, I told myself. You can do this. Crossing this threshold is nothing new. You have passed over the supposedly insurmountable divide between male and female in countless classrooms before. And always succeeded.

Still, I hesitated. I knew all too well that, while the first step is the hardest, the second isn’t much easier. In that moment, little more than a breath, I could almost hear Papa urging me on. “Be bold,” Papa would whisper in our native, little-used Serbian tongue. “You are a mudra glava. A wise one. In your heart beats the blood of bandits, our brigand Slavic ancestors who used any means to get their due. Go get your due, Mitza. Go get your due.”

I could never disappoint him.

I twisted the knob and swung the door wide open. Six faces stared back at me: five dark-suited students and one black-robed professor. Shock and some disdain registered on their pale faces. Nothing—not even rumors—had prepared these men for actually seeing a woman in their ranks. They almost looked silly with their eyes bulging and their jaws dropping, but I knew better than to laugh. I willed myself to pay their expressions no heed, to ignore the doughy faces of my fellow students, who were desperately trying to appear older than their eighteen years with their heavily waxed mustaches.

A determination to master physics and mathematics brought me to the Polytechnic, not a desire to make friends or please others. I reminded myself of this simple fact as I steeled myself to face my instructor.
Professor Heinrich Martin Weber and I looked at each other. Long-nosed, heavily browed, and meticulously bearded, the renowned physics professor’s intimidating appearance matched his reputation.
I waited for him to speak. To do anything else would have been perceived as utter impertinence. I could not afford another such mark against my character, since my mere presence at the Polytechnic was considered impertinent by many. I walked a fine line between my insistence on this untrodden path and the conformity still demanded of me.

“You are?” he asked as if he weren’t expecting me, as if he’d never heard of me.

“Miss Mileva Marić, sir.” I prayed my voice didn’t quaver.

Very slowly, Weber consulted his class list. Of course, he knew precisely who I was. Since he served as head of the physics and mathematics program, and given that only four women had ever been admitted before me, I had to petition him directly to enter the first year of the four-year program, known as Section Six. He had approved my entrance himself! The consultation of the class list was a blatant and calculating move, telegraphing his opinion of me to the rest of the class. It gave them license to follow suit.

“The Miss Marić from Serbia or some Austro-Hungarian country of that sort?” he asked without glancing up, as if there could possibly be another Miss Marić in Section Six, one who hailed from a more respectable location. By his query, Weber made his views on Slavic eastern European peoples perfectly clear—that we, as dark foreigners, were somehow inferior to the Germanic peoples of defiantly neutral Switzerland. It was yet another preconception I would have to disprove in order to succeed. As if being the only woman in Section Six—only the fifth to ever be admitted into the physics and mathematics program—wasn’t enough.
“Yes, sir.”

“You may take your seat,” he finally said and gestured toward the empty chair. It was my luck that the only remaining seat was the farthest away from his podium. “We have already begun.”

Begun? The class was not designated to start for another fifteen minutes. Were my classmates told something I wasn’t? Had they conspired to meet early? I wanted to ask but didn’t. Argument would only fuel the fires against me. Anyway, it didn’t matter. I would simply arrive fifteen minutes earlier tomorrow. And earlier and earlier every morning if I needed to. I would not miss a single word of Weber’s lectures. He was wrong if he thought an early start would deter me. I was my father’s daughter.

Nodding at Weber, I stared at the long walk from the door to my chair and, out of habit, calculated the number of steps it would take me to cross the room. How best to manage the distance? With my first step, I tried to keep my gait steady and hide my limp, but the drag of my lame foot echoed through the classroom. On impulse, I decided not to mask it at all. I displayed plainly for all my colleagues to see the deformity that marked me since birth.

Clomp and drag. Over and over. Eighteen times until I reached my chair. Here I am, gentlemen, I felt like I was saying with each lug of my lame foot. Take a gander; get it over with.
Perspiring from the effort, I realized the classroom was completely silent. They were waiting for me to settle, and perhaps embarrassed by my limp or my sex or both, they kept their eyes averted.
All except one.

To my right, a young man with an unruly mop of dark brown curls stared at me. Uncharacteristically, I met his gaze. But even when I looked at him head-on, challenging him to mock me and my efforts, his half-lidded eyes did not look away. Instead, they crinkled at the corners as he smiled through the dark shadow cast by his mustache. A grin of great bemusement, even admiration.

Who did he think he was? What did he mean by that look?

I had no time to make sense of him as I sat down in my seat. Reaching into my bag, I withdrew paper, ink, and pen and readied for Weber’s lecture. I would not let the bold, insouciant glance of a privileged classmate rattle me. I looked straight ahead at the instructor, still aware of my classmate’s gaze upon me, but acted oblivious.

Weber, however, was not so single-minded. Or so forgiving. Staring at the young man, the professor cleared his throat, and when the young man still did not redirect his eyes toward the podium, he said, “I will have the attention of the entire classroom. This is your first and final warning, Mr. Einstein.”

Praise for The Other Einstein
October 2016 Indie Next and LibraryReads Pick!
PopSugar’s “25 Books You’re Going to Curl Up with this Fall”
“The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva’s heart, mind, and study as she tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men.”– Bustle
“…an ENGAGING and THOUGHT PROVOKING fictional telling of the poignant story of an overshadowed woman scientist.”– Booklist
“...INTIMATE and IMMERSIVE historical novel.... 
Prepare to be moved by this provocative history of a woman whose experiences will resonate with today’s readers.”– Library Journal, Editors' Fall Picks
“Many will enjoy Benedict’s feminist views and be fascinated by the life of an almost unknown woman.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Benedict's debut novel carefully traces Mileva's life—from studious schoolgirl to bereaved mother—with attention paid to the conflicts between personal goals and social conventions. An intriguing… reimagining of one of the strongest intellectual partnerships of the 19th century.” Kirkus
“In her compelling novel… Benedict makes a strong case that the brilliant woman behind [Albert Einstein] was integral to his success, and creates a rich historical portrait in the process.” Publishers Weekly

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